IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS……janomelife contest!

We have a great opportunity for you to enter a draw to win a great Christmas gift.  Yes, Santa got a head start this year and stopped by the Janome Office here in Canada with something which might just end up having your name on it!

There are 2 books in this “Happy Christmas from janomelife” bundle:

  1. “Christmas Sampler Quilt” by Leisure Arts
  2. “Quilting – The Basics and Beyond” by Jeri Simon and Landauer Books. (Our grateful thanks to Landauer Books for the donation of this book)

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BOTH books include a CD or DVD in the back cover. The Christmas Sampler book CD has the graphic images for use on the quilt: print on printer fabric and use throughout the quilt  – as explained in the book. The Quilting book includes a great Learn-to-Quilt DVD

Back cover of the Leisure Arts Christmas sampler book

Back cover of the Leisure Arts Christmas sampler book

Back over of the Learn to Quilt spiral bound hard cover book - written by Jeri Simon.

Back over of the Learn to Quilt spiral bound hard cover book – written by Jeri Simon.

To enter this draw:

Simply use the comment box below this post to tell us what Christmas sewing or embroidery you have been busy with during the last few months as you have been preparing for Christmas 2016. It can be a Christmas gift for someone special; a garment to wear to celebrate the season; a Christmas tree decoration; a  holiday home decor item or anything else Christmas sewing related. Keep it short & simple…a line or 2 is plenty.

Please be sure to give us:  YOUR NAME; YOUR LOCAL JANOME DEALER STORE; & YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS.  

Please don’t enter the contest more than once/leave more than 1 comment.  Your chance of winning will not increase. To be quite fair to all entrants, we will only consider 1 entry per person and all duplicated entries will be deleted before the draw.

This Contest closes at 12 midnight PST on 22nd December 2016.  We will announce the winner in a post so do watch janomelife for the announcement…… It just might be you who wins

Please note: that this contest is only open to residents of  Canada.  Preferred method of shipping is to your local Janome dealer in Canada but, if necessary,  we might be able to make an exception if you live too far away from one of our Janome dealers.  

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE…….ONLY 23 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS!!!!!

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JANOME SKYLINE S9…….NEW TAPERED STITCHING and more

We are SO enjoying sewing and embroidering up a storm on our NEW JANOME SKYLINE S9. This machine is extremely versatile, chock full of top of the line sewing and machine features.

DO check out what Sherri has to say over at Thread Riding Hood.  She has just started a 3 part Sewing Diary series on the Janome Skyline S9. She will give you an excellent in depth look as she takes a  sewing journey.   She offers way more information that I can in this short post so if you are interested in getting a good, detailed look at this machine + see the exciting things Sherri discovers on her journey, I highly recommend you hop on over to Thread Riding Hood!

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YES! The Skyline S9 has WIFI connectivity to the computer and iPad – just like or Janome MC15000 so you can enjoy these wonderful high tech options. All 3 Apps pictures above are FREE at the App store!

Are you impressed? You should be! These app’s are free and offer a wonderful up to the moment new technology option for getting the absolute most out of your sewing and embroidery investment. Visit your local Janome dealer today to find out more about our Janome App’s.

  • 250 built-in embroidery designs + 10 monogramming fonts
  • Embroidery Couching included with theSkyline S9: designs + accessories!
  • Many top of the line embroidery features like resume mode; flexible stitch travelling  and much more. See your local Janome dealer to find out more.
  • 300 decorative stitches including 2 fonts for alphabets AND the Stitch Composer software to make even more 9mm stitches to sew on the Skyline S9.
  • Automatic Presser foot lift and Pivot function – oh yes!
  • Acufeed Flex “walking foot” system – it truly is a superior way to sew.
  • We are totally loving the NEW feature on this machine: TAPERED STITCHING. Choose one of the many stitches marked in purple on the flip top lid, select the tapering icon in the top right corner of the screen. Then choose from 30,45 or 60 degree tapering at the beginning and/or end of your stitching & you are set! You can even taper to a point in a selection of angles. TOO much fun!!  Decorative options, mitering corners on applique; quilt block embellishment; and sew much more. Ask your local Janome dealer today to show you this super cool feature.

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That is just to whet your appetite for our NEW JANOME SKYLINE S9! There is much more to this sewing and embroidery machine…….how about WIFI compatibility to your windows computer and iPad? YES – this top of the line Janome MC15000 feature is also on our Skyline s9 so you can now enjoy our FREE app’s with the Skyline S9.

 

 

 

But wait……there’s more! AcuDesign App and more in other posts to come.

This app is a purchasable app, ALSO works with the Skyline S9 and offers extremely powerful editing capability including resizing designs with stitch count recalculation. HUGE! Do take a llok at this App which will work with many different brands and embroidery machine models....not just Janome! Look for the free webinar on You Tube to find out more about AcuDesign App.

This app is a purchasable app, ALSO works with the Skyline S9 and offers extremely powerful editing capability including resizing designs with stitch count recalculation. HUGE! Do take a look at this App which will work with many different brands and embroidery machine models….not just Janome! Look for the free webinar on You Tube to find out more about AcuDesign App.

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PUTTING YOUR JANOME EMBROIDERY MACHINE TO WORK: SUPER QUICK IN-THE-HOOP PROJECTS

THE MAGIC OF IN-THE-HOOP PROJECTS: INSTANT EMBROIDERED PROJECTS!

Another Pickle Pie in the hoop project - the cross body bag

A Pickle Pie in the hoop project – the cross body bag

We start a new series of janomelife posts designed to help you get more out of your Janome embroidery machine……..put it to work for you! We will share a number of clever and fun ways to use your Janome embroidery machine over the next few months. Do watch for these posts if you have a Janome embroidery machine or are thinking about whether investing in such a fabulous tool might indeed be the thing t do?! If you do not already follow our blog…..perhaps you might like to do so (right hand side of the home page screen of janomelife.)  If you follow this blog, you will get an email each time we publish a blog post and that way you won’t miss even a single blog post!

And don’t forget to send us comments in the comment box at the end of the posts…..tell us what you liked, what you did not like, ask queries that require quick, easy answers and tell us what you created with your Janome sewing an embroidery machine(s). We love to hear from you.

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pic courtesy of Pickle Pie designs – for USB sticks, lip balms, spare key? meds?

This design above was made available as a free download earlier this year in Creative Machine Embroidery mag. www.cmemag.com. If you download before the deadline date the design is free. Thereafter you need to buy the design from Pickle Pie Designs. I have actually purchased quite a few CD’s with Pickle Pie designs over the years. I really like them as they always work, have multiple sizes and the instructions are very good with loads of pics for easy application.
This one is dear to my heart as I have twice lost a vitally important USB stick this year (thankfully found again) so I have made well over a dozen of these super cute little baggies to help me keep the USB where it should be+ share this with my friends in case they are as “silly” as me.  There are other companies who offer very similar designs: You can always do a google search or ask your local Janome dealer if they have any to sell. I DO know that you will find lovely in-the-hoop designs  at our very own www.janome-embroidery.com    – to be exact there are currently almost 70 different in-the-hoop designs to choose from.  You can shop for these in your pj’s and then stitch them out while still in your pj’s if you choose!!

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very cute in-the-hoop mug rugs http://www.janome-embroidery.com

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Eye masks - all done in the hoop

Eye masks – all done in the hoop Pic courtesy of Sewn for You Designs

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I am so badly behind with my Christmas shopping.  Really not a good thing with less than  a month to go so I have  a very sneaking feeling that quite a few pressies this Christmas are going to be in-the-hoop projects!

Are you well ahead of the game or could you use some of these great gift ideas to help you be ready by 24th December?!?

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LOVE TO SEW EXPO

Well, if you did not come out to Love to Sew Expo…….. sorry we missed you. It was a great show with beautiful attention to detail like flowers  all over – even in the washroom! The Love to Sew colours of pink & blue as well as the retro theme was very visible.

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The cutting of the ribbon to open the first ever Love to Sew Expo. Debra Justice on the right and her son, Spencer, on the left just before the ribbon was cut. Show attendees are eagerly waiting to come in!

The cutting of the ribbon to open the first ever Love to Sew Expo. Debra Justice on the right and her son, Spencer, on the left just before the ribbon was cut. Show attendees are eagerly waiting to come in!

Many of the classes were certainly well attended. My class on “12 ways to Bind a Quilt” was crazy! Standing room only with over 100 people attending. There were 80 chairs and I had printed 80 copies of the notes so many folk will have their notes emailed soon.

The incredible display of brown paper couture done by the students of Langara Colleges Design Formation Program.

The incredible display of brown paper couture done by the students of Langara College’s Design Formation Program.

My class on Machine Embroidery – all the many things you can do with an embroidery machine was not as well attended but there was still a good number who turned up to see my 2 huge roller totes of embroidered samples and get inspiration and ideas for what they can try out at home.

One of the many pics on my Powerpoint and trunkshow presentation on embroidery. pic coutesy of Angela Wolf.

One of the many pics on my Powerpoint and trunk show presentation on Machine Embroidery. pic courtesy of Angela Wolf.

Our dealers busy assisting Janome customers on our Janome booth

Our dealers busy assisting Janome customers on our Janome booth

The incredible quilt made by Cynthia Frenette of Mission BC for the launch of our new line of machines: the M series. Cynthia is one of our Janome artisans and it has been my privilege to travel with this quilts across Canada this Fall showing it at Dealer events and shows.

The incredible quilt made by Cynthia Frenette of Mission BC for the launch of our new line of machines: the M series. Cynthia is one of our Janome artisans and it has been my privilege to travel with this quilt across Canada this Fall showing it at Dealer events and shows. The quilters and sewers just loved it. Thank you, Cynthia for making such a lovely quilt  – her take on the Maker series logo.

It is over just over a month until Christmas so we added some festive accents to our booth!

It is over just over a month until Christmas so we added some festive accents to our booth! Notice  the other lovely quilt on our booth: Tamara Kate’s “Whatever the Weather quilt” which was featured on this janomelife blog during September in our 3 part Quilt-along. Check this out if you have not yet done so – search the archives for each Monday in September: 7th, 14th & 21st Sept 2016. Tamara Kate is also another of our Janome artisans here in Canada.

Debra Justice on the stage at some point during the show.

Debra Justice on the stage at some point during the show.

You might like to mark your calendars for next year:

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EMBROIDERING ON WOOD: project idea and hints & tips for success

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Did you know that you can embroider on WOOD? Yes, we sure can. Well, not on a chunk of wood like a 2×4 (of course!)  but on the right type and a thin layer of wood, it is quite do-able. The best type of wood to use is the softish, balsa wood that is used in the making of model aeroplanes – so a Hobby supply store is the place were you will find this. I bought some wood from the craft store and while it worked, it was not the greatest as it was a lot more brittle than the type used for model aeroplanes (and is prone to cracking as you can see in the pic below which was my test piece.)

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Hints and tips for embroidery on wood:

  1. It would, for obvious reasons, not be wise to try to hoop the wood!  Rather float the wood over tearaway stabilizer which has been sprayed with a little glue (or use sticky stabilizer).
  2. Don’t baste the wood in place either as you will end up with a bunch of holes you probably don’t want.  Just gently hold the wood in place for a short time at the beginning of the embroidery (with your fingers well away from the machine needle of course!) until it is held in place with a bit of the embroidery and then it should be OK.
  3. The choice of what embroidery design to use is quite important: something too dense with lots of stitch fill is not good. Rather select something open and “airy” like a red work design or cross stitch. Lettering with lots of satin stitching can also be a little problematic.
  4. Use a regular, universal size approx size 80. If the needle is too large (like a top stitch or denim needle) the holes made in the wood made be too large for your liking. A size 80 universal needle will work just fine, provided you slow down the speed of the embroidery machine to the minimum or close to that.
  5. There will be a fairly loud “thacking” noise as the needle penetrates the wood. Don’t worry about this, it is to be expected.
  6. Do slow the speed of the machine down to the minimum or a little above that if going at snail’s pace irks you.
  7. Do replace the needle after you have completed the embroidery!
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Cross stitch butterflies embroidered on wood. Then the wood was glued into the little wooden tray with Elmer’s School glue  (goes on white, dries clear)

 

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3D EMBROIDERY WITH JANOME DIGITIZER MBX

Puffy Foam is a foam product made from ethylene-vinyl-acetate of high quality. It is made specifically to be used with sewing & embroidery machines to add a 3D effect as the sticthing is raised above the surface of the fabric. It adds great texture and interest to a flat design. The holes in the foam are formed easily which makes it simple to remove the foam around the stitching cleanly and crisply. Puffy Foam is a much better quality than regular craft foam and is available in a dozen colours as well as 2 thicknesses (2mm and 3mm) for different effects. It is possible to stack one layer of puffy foam upon another to get an even bigger 3D impact but you should always check that it will still pass under the embroidery foot before stitching.

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In the new Digitizer V5, there are four new fonts that can be used with the Puffy Foam . The first integrated font below may be embroidered in two colors: 2 Col Arial. In the next picture, the name is embroidered on the Puffy Foam and it is embossed.

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Simply slide the sheet of foam under the embroidery foot and let the embroidery  do the work. Very dense satin points cut the foam making it easy to remove. However, there may be some small small pieces to remove with tweezers.

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To scan a pattern with the Digitizer, we suggest viewing DigiTalk 13 B with Trevor Conquergood. http://www.sunsetstitches.com Learn the steps for this technique.

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It is best to use a design that has been digitized for the addition of Puffy Foam as not all embroideries are suitable for this technique. It is wise to make a sample first to test the result before you embroider directly onto your project.

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In the built-in Digitizer V5 designs, you will find which ones can be usedf for this Puffy Foam technique. 

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Add dimension and texture to your embroidery projects with puffy foam and the new features in Janome Digitizer MBX V5.

What will you embroider using your Janome Digitizer MBX software and puffy foam to create wonderful 3D effects? 

Thank you to Celine of Janome Canada for this French Vie Janome post which we translated and edited for janomelife.  
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BOOK REVIEW: WALKING FOOT QUILTING DESIGNS by Melissa Marginet

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I was real excited when I heard about this book written by Melissa Marginet of Manitoba, Canada. I met Melissa earlier this year when she taught at Quilt Canada 2016 in Mississauga, Ontario. One of the class topics that was submitted back in 2015 really caught my eye and probably led to Melissa being selected to teach, was a class entitled: “Quilting with your feed dogs up”. So often we hear a lot of buzz about free motion quilting and we possibly neglect our trusty walking feet which can also do a superb job of quilting our quilts! Most of Melissa’s classes at Quilt Canada 2016 were fully booked and so you can imagine how pleased I was recently to hear she had written a book called “WALKING FOOT QUILTING DESIGNS”. The book is a little spiral bound softcover printed by “A Needle Pulling Thread” (Our top notch  Canadian magazine publishers).

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Naturally I ordered a copy right away – so easy to do online! It offers over 80 pages of great straight and curved line quilting that you can easily do using your walking foot without having to pull out your free motion foot (which makes so many people want to start hyperventilating?!) Nooooo…… here you can quilt with your feed dogs UP to your heart’s content with dozens and dozens of design ideas + hints and tips from Melissa.  Here is one page to whet your appetite……books may be ordered on Melissa’s website or on  Melissa’s Etsy shop  

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Here are the Contents pages to give you a good idea of the quilting delights in store for you:

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The back cover of Melissa book - a would almost call this a pocket reference book.....small to take along to Quilt Retreats; classes or the cabin but chock full of quilting design ideas!

The back cover of Melissa’s book – I think I would almost call this a pocket reference book…..small enough to take along to Quilt Retreats; classes or the cabin but chock full of quilting design ideas!

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LOVE TO SEW EXPO: BRAND NEW SEWING SHOW IN VANCOUVER, BC

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There has been quite a buzz in  Canadian sewing circles about this brand new Sewing Show but just in case you have not heard about it: it is NEXT WEEK on 18th & 19th November 2016. Check out the website. 

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Janome will be there to meet with you, show you all the fabulous new machines (SEW many great things to tell you about this Fall) as well as answer your queries. Do pop by the booth to say Hi!

 

 

Please note that your entrance ticket gives you free admission to any of the classes on offer over the 2 days. I (Liz) am teaching 1 class each day with LOTS of show & tell in action packed trunk shows + demo’s with camera projection onto the big screen so you can all see what I will be explaining:

  • On Friday at 2pm in room #1,  I will be teaching “12 Ways to bind a Quilt”.
  • On Saturday also at 2pm in room #1,  I will be teaching “Machine Embroidery in the hoop” – 9 info packed topics on how much more fun you can add to your sewing with an embroidery machine! And if you already have an embroidery machine……did you know you can do all these things with it?!

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You might be advised to get to the classes on time as they will be closing the door at the start of each class. Also, with these classes being included in your entrance ticket fee, I think they will fill up fast.

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The show will be held in Cloverdale, Surrey at the Agriplex – part of the Cloverdale show grounds. Please see the Love to Sew Expo website for directions, map, etc

SEE YOU THERE!

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JANOME FUN AT DEALER’S STORES ……… IN BEAUTIFUL BC

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Fun, education, laughing and learning was enjoyed on my recent trip to the beautiful BC Interior.  Thank you to the Janome dealers who arranged these Janome “Confessions of a Sewaholic” events and to all the long-standing and loyal as well as new Janome customers who came out to participate in the fun learning experiences! It was great to see so many new faces at these events – we hope you found them informative and helpful to you in your sewing room?

Here are some pics from this trip:

An enthusiastic group pf customers at Findlays Superstore in Vernon, BC who had come to hear the Confessions of a Sewaholic!

An enthusiastic group pf customers at Findlays Superstore in Vernon, BC who had come to hear the “Confessions of a Sewaholic”!

All set up and ready to roll with the camera projection at our Janome dealer in Vernon

All set up and ready to roll with the camera projection at our Janome dealer in Vernon. The Janome Skyline S9 has pride of place – it is a fabulous new model we have launched this Fall. Do ask your local Janome dealer for a demonstration of its amazing features.

 

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This machine is just incredible……. the compact detachable embroidery unit, precision embroidery, wide choice of decorative stitches, AUTO PRESSER FOOT LIFT AND PIVOT FUNCTION; big, colour LCD screen; NEW tapered stitching, Sewing applications menu and much more……..Visit your local Janome dealer today to find out more and see what this brand new machine does.

I know Halloween has passed but I did have fun explaining why how I made the candy bag and the Confessions of a Sewaholic book cover - embroidery designs are builtin in desisgns on the Janome MC15000 and Skyline S9.

I know Halloween has passed but I did have fun explaining how and why I made the candy bag on the left + the Confessions of a Sewaholic book cover on the right – embroidery designs shown are built in in designs on the Janome MC15000 and Skyline S9.

The ArtisticEdge 15 Digital cutter ........I cannot imagine ever being without a digital cutter. Rather like airconditioning or electronic opening windows in my car......I could never go back!

The Artistic Edge 15 Digital cutter ……..I cannot imagine ever being without a digital cutter. Rather like having air conditioning or electronic window opening in my car……don’t think I could ever go backwards!

Artistic Edge 15 Digital cutter display. All the striking gold and red lettering was cut on the Edge digital cutter and simply were then ironed onto my banner. It is iron-on glitter vinyl

Artistic Edge 15 Digital cutter display. All the striking gold and red lettering was cut on the Edge digital cutter and simply were then ironed onto my banner. It is iron-on glitter vinyl.

The pink & white bag standing on the edge of the table above is a “blank” which we decorated with white iron on vinyl letters (also cut easily and quickly with the Artistic Edge 15 Digital cutter) A crystal template was also cut for the crystals which were transferred in ONE step with transfer tape and then ironed in place around the letters. Never again will we hassle with crystal wands with one crystal, 2 crystal etc. WAY too time consuming. This new method,  using the Simple Cut Software which is included with the purchase of the Artistic Edge 15 Digital cutter , was done in a matter of a few minutes……..seriously!

Our lovely display of Maker series machines - our new M50, M100 and M200 machines at Lindas Quilt Shoppe in Kelowna.

Our lovely display of Maker series machines – our new M50, M100 and M200 machines – at Linda’s Quilt Shoppe in Kelowna.

The place mats on the table above were made by Cynthia Frenette of Mission, BC who is one of our Janome artisans. These are to team up with her lovely modern quilt and big pillow using the colours and colour wheel type logo in the front of the Maker machines. To see more of these various projects with many links to instructions and more……check out our Maker series Look book  or visit the home page of this janomelife blog where the header banner currently has the Maker series and Look book links.

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Here are more of the Maker series samples - see the Look Book link above for more.

Here are more of the Maker series samples – see the Look Book link above for more. Note the big puffy pillow that Cynthia made to match her quilt and place mats – all her creative interpretation of the M series logo – clearly visible on the front of the pic above & below.

Note the pincushion in the top of the machine in the extra spool pin holder!! This is included with the machine as is a quilting table and full kit of quilting feet including walking foot, free motion foot, 1/4 inch foot, open toe foot, DITCH QUILTING FOOT and quilting guide bar. SEW much value, SEW much fun.

Note the pincushion in the top of the machine in the extra spool pin holder!! This is included with the machine as is a quilting table and full kit of quilting feet including walking foot, free motion foot, 1/4 inch foot, open toe foot, DITCH QUILTING FOOT and quilting guide bar. SEW much value, SEW much fun.

 

More Janome Maker series sample displays at Lindas Quilt Shoppe in Kelowna BC. This is the cute sewers apron that was made by Sherri Sylvester of Toronto. Sherri is anotherof our Janome artisans - check out the Maker Look book for information on how you can see much more on her blog: Thread Riding hood

More Janome Maker series sample displays at Linda’s Quilt Shoppe in Kelowna BC. This is the cute sewers apron that was made by Sherri Sylvester of Toronto. Sherri is another of our Janome artisans – check out the Maker Look book for information on how you can see much more on her blog or link here for more info on this apron: Thread Riding hood

Don’t you love travelling through stunningly beautiful countryside and visiting with other sewers, quilters & makers along the way?

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Congratulations to the winner of the Janome Ultimate Maker Studio!

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Congratulations to Joan of Wasaga Beach, Ontario!  She won this year’s $10,000 prize at the CreativFestival Fall 2016!

I had the pleasure of calling Joan to tell her she had won.  Unfortunately she wasn’t home but at a quilt retreat.  I told her husband I would call her in the evening, from my home, so to make sure she picked up when she saw the call display.

When I told her she had won, she thought she had won a small prize and didn’t quite believe me.  As I reassured her, she was quite emotional and still asking if I was joking!

I arranged for her to come to our office the following week.  But the very next morning she called at 8:35am to ask if she could come now.  She hadn’t slept as she was too excited and had spent the night researching the machines she had won! She was also afraid we might change our minds!

Joan was already a lover of Janome machines, using the 4120QDC to take to quilt retreats.  I suggested she keep it to still carry around in her new luggage, as the MC9400QCP is a little big to be schlepping, but not impossible, if she really did want to take it.

While she was picking up her prize, she shared a little story with me.  On the Monday following Creativ, she met up with a friend, who said she seemed a little sad.  Joan explained she had had a strong feeling she had won the prize and was disappointed she didn’t get a call telling her she had won.  Her friend chuckled, saying the chances of her winning were very slim and to let it go. But Joan had such a good feeling when she put her ticket into the ballot drum and really felt she was going to win!  The power of positive thinking?

Congratulations again, Joan. Hope you’ve got your prize settled into your sewing room!

Happy Sewing! Linda P.

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